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[10 December 2013] Letter sent to Chinese Ambassador to the UK from Chinese Uyghur Tibetan Solidarity UK to mark Human Rights Day 2013.

Liu Xiaoming
Chinese Ambassador to the UK
Chinese Embassy
49-51 Portland Place
London W1B 1JL

10 December 2013

Dear Ambassador,

On the occasion of Human Rights Day 2013, we, Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK, urge the Chinese government to uphold and adhere to universally accepted norms on human rights, in particular those defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

As a re-elected member of the UN Human Rights Council we believe it is imperative that China is seen to be a responsible member of the Council and abide by the conventions to which the UN and the Human Rights Council subscribe. Unless the Chinese government fully respects universally accepted human rights for all its citizens and implements procedures to ensure such rights are maintained, judgements past on the human rights records of other countries would not only be hypocritical but would undermine the integrity of the Human Rights Council itself.

We acknowledge the recent announcements following the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Partys Third Plenum which included the abolition of re-education through labour camps and the banning of the use of torture to extract confessions. However, not only must these pledges be fulfilled immediately, but further steps must be taken to protect the human rights of all citizens living in the Peoples Republic of China.

We urge the Chinese government to:
  uphold and adhere to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
  change and update its domestic laws to conform with core international human rights conventions;
  abolish all forms of arbitrary detention;
  end the use of the death penalty;
  provide open access to Tibet and East Turkestan, including for foreign media, diplomats and international observers;
  implement the recommendations of the UN Committee Against Torture from Chinas review in 2008;
  end the practice of forced organ harvesting.

In particular, we call for the release of all prisoners of conscience. Specifically, we call for the release of:
  Liu Xiaobo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010 and is serving an 11-year prison sentence for expressing his views on democracy and human rights in China;
  Kerem Abduweli, a Uyghur who has been in prison since 1990 despite a lack of due process and a lack of evidence at his trial;
  Dolma Gyab, a Tibetan whose death sentence was politically motivated and for which the only evidence is a confession suspected to have been extracted under torture.

The Chinese Communist Party needs to recognise that real social stability cannot be achieved through economic development alone. Citizens must be allowed the rights to freedom of expression, assembly, movement, to freely practice their own religion, and all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Nelson Mandela, whom President Xi Jinping recognised as a world renowned politician who made outstanding contributions to the progress of mankind, said:

To be free is not merely to cast off ones chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."

Yours sincerely,

Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK

Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK opposes the tyrannical rule of the Chinese Communist Party and upholds the values of freedom, human rights and democracy.

Chinese Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK is made up of the following organisations: Chinese Solidarity Campaign, Federation for Democratic China, Friends of Tiananmen Mothers, Tibetan Community in Britain, Tibet Society, Tibetan Youth UK, Students for a Free Tibet UK, Uyghur Association and Uyghur Community UK.

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